Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  It was foraging in an icy stream at Quaker Pond in Mendon Ponds Park, Monroe County, NY on Feb 3, 2014.  This is well to the north and west of the usual winter range for the species.  However, they have been reported at this location in winter since the 1970s, probably because there is open water even in the coldest weather due to heat from decomposing vegetation. Common Gallinule	(Gallinula galeata)  Photographed at Payne Creek Wetlands, Sacramento River Bend Area near the town of Red Bluff in northern California on May 29, 2009.  It was partially screened by cattails, which is why I was able to get close.  It had young chicks nearby. American Coot	(Fulica americana)  Photographed on a gray and foggy day in Cape May, NJ on May 2, 2012.
American Coot	(Fulica americana) Pair  They were resting on an ice floe at Irondequoit Bay near Rochester, NY on Feb 12, 2007.